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Obama Issues A Proclamation For LGBT Pride Month, Doesn't Mention Marriage Equality

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barack obama makes proclamation for lgbt pride month

It's a start…but we need more!

Yesterday, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation for LGBT Pride Month, which tackled a bunch of important issues in the LGBT community, BUT he didn't mention marriage equality OR the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

In his defense, he made reference to crucial issues including "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), workplace discrimination, and hate crimes, but we're disappointed that marriage equality didn't make its way into this proclamation.

Check out Obama's full proclamation AFTER THE JUMP and let us know what U think!


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The story of America's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community is the story of our fathers and sons, our mothers and daughters, and our friends and neighbors who continue the task of making our country a more perfect Union. It is a story about the struggle to realize the great American promise that all people can live with dignity and fairness under the law. Each June, we commemorate the courageous individuals who have fought to achieve this promise for LGBT Americans, and we rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Since taking office, my Administration has made significant progress towards achieving equality for LGBT Americans. Last December, I was proud to sign the repeal of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. With this repeal, gay and lesbian Americans will be able to serve openly in our Armed Forces for the first time in our Nation's history. Our national security will be strengthened and the heroic contributions these Americans make to our military, and have made throughout our history, will be fully recognized.

My Administration has also taken steps to eliminate discrimination against LGBT Americans in Federal housing programs and to give LGBT Americans the right to visit their loved ones in the hospital. We have made clear through executive branch nondiscrimination policies that discrimination on the basis of gender identity in the Federal workplace will not be tolerated. I have continued to nominate and appoint highly qualified, openly LGBT individuals to executive branch and judicial positions. Because we recognize that LGBT rights are human rights, my Administration stands with advocates of equality around the world in leading the fight against pernicious laws targeting LGBT persons and malicious attempts to exclude LGBT organizations from full participation in the international system. We led a global campaign to ensure "sexual orientation" was included in the United Nations resolution on extrajudicial execution — the only United Nations resolution that specifically mentions LGBT people — to send the unequivocal message that no matter where it occurs, state-sanctioned killing of gays and lesbians is indefensible. No one should be harmed because of who they are or who they love, and my Administration has mobilized unprecedented public commitments from countries around the world to join in the fight against hate and homophobia.

At home, we are working to address and eliminate violence against LGBT individuals through our enforcement and implementation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. We are also working to reduce the threat of bullying against young people, including LGBT youth. My Administration is actively engaged with educators and community leaders across America to reduce violence and discrimination in schools. To help dispel the myth that bullying is a harmless or inevitable part of growing up, the First Lady and I hosted the first White House Conference on Bullying Prevention in March. Many senior Administration officials have also joined me in reaching out to LGBT youth who have been bullied by recording "It Gets Better" video messages to assure them they are not alone.

This month also marks the 30th anniversary of the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which has had a profound impact on the LGBT community. Though we have made strides in combating this devastating disease, more work remains to be done, and I am committed to expanding access to HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Last year, I announced the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States. This strategy focuses on combinations of evidence-based approaches to decrease new HIV infections in high risk communities, improve care for people living with HIV/AIDS, and reduce health disparities. My Administration also increased domestic HIV/AIDS funding to support the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and HIV prevention, and to invest in HIV/AIDS-related research. However, government cannot take on this disease alone. This landmark anniversary is an opportunity for the LGBT community and allies to recommit to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and continuing the fight against this deadly pandemic.

Every generation of Americans has brought our Nation closer to fulfilling its promise of equality. While progress has taken time, our achievements in advancing the rights of LGBT Americans remind us that history is on our side, and that the American people will never stop striving toward liberty and justice for all.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2011 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


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23 comments to “Obama Issues A Proclamation For LGBT Pride Month, Doesn't Mention Marriage Equality”

  1. 1

    Pathetic. You had nothing else to write about so your shoving Obama down our throats with his Marriage bills ect…..Sad day!

  2. 2

    I can't wait until this joke is voted out of office. Maybe then someone will get elected that will take this job seriously.

  3. 3

    No matter what anyone does for the gays you never will be happy. Next you'll be complaining that LGBT Pride Month is not enough, you want an LGBT Pride Year. It got old long ago.

  4. 4

    are you even dating preze? its not like your trying to get married any time soon so shut up and take what your given

  5. buck says – reply to this


    Obama hate gay people.

  6. 6

    Let's just be happy he is not a hater and let him worry about important stuff. Like JOBS and getting our asses out of the Middle East. Marriage is over-rated.

  7. 7

    I think the minute Obama gets elected for his second term that a marriage bill will be put in motion and become effective. Just be a little more patient. If he puts it into motion now the whole election will be about gay marriage instead of a multitude of thins. Fox will drown it out and we will have people like Carrie Prijon ( SP?) on serious news channels growing out everything else. He is playing his cards very well. He isn't leaving the gays hanging he is just using strategy. In the next 5 years marriage equality will be put into place. Now what we are we going to do with that guy who compared gay marriage to a man marrying a goldfish. WTF? seriously.

  8. 8

    Gay marriage will NEVER be legal in America. There are too many people opposed to it and backing it is political suicide.

  9. 9

    You don't want equal marriage…you want GAY marriage. Don't for one second think that including gays in the current definition of marriage is in ANY way "equal" for all you dumb shit.

  10. 10

    Seriously you fucken whiner. I'd rather he focus resources on the economy and regulating the oil companies. You already have equal rights. You aren't segregated from the rest of society. So your EXTRA rights aren't a priority for me either.

  11. 11

    Re: Mad Dog – gallup just released a poll showing that the majority of americans support gay marriage.

  12. 12

    I Really, really, really, don't care Perez. However, the more you talk about it, the more irritating it becomes.

  13. 13

    it will be legal if he's re elected, he's just waiting, so he can give the gays a reason to vote him again, no republican will ever make it happen.

  14. @v@ says – reply to this


    Sounds flowery and noble, but the proof is in the pudding. Other advanced countries are decades ahead on actual equality laws in spite of his claims of working for equality on the 'international' stage. It'll be slow going, as there's an election every four years, and political camps go the way the voter winds (polls) blow, so that they can further work on furthering their policy. If this is their policy, things are looking hopeful for the LGBT community.

  15. 15

    Re: buck – Obama hates white people "kanye reverse idea"

  16. 16

    Re: pinkywhitehead – but he won't get re-elected you moron.

    NO ONE WANTS HIM - not ever the black people.

    still waiting for my change…..

  17. 17

    Re: Mad Dog – There are to many christians who do not believe in it…….has nothing to do with political shit……God did not create gays…..physically and emotionally screwed up children have chosen the wrong path.

    If you are raped/abused and do not get therapy for it…were is it going to go as you get older????

  18. TOY says – reply to this


    Re: Shelah – All some of you do is sit around talking crazy. One of the few people in Washington that takes his job seriously is this President. Unlike your party (im sure the Republicans) who literally has nothing to show for the previous decade they were in power and nothing to show since getting back into power in Congress. I cant blame them for not doing anything, the American people allow them to get away with their nonsense. Americans need to learn just because you repeat the same lie over and over again doesn't make it true…get a new hobby

  19. 19

    quit bitching, at least he said something kind of supportive. you can bet Stephen Harper won't be making any speeches about it at all.

  20. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Jthemac – Why would he need to? Gays can get married up in Canada, and for years. They have legislated equality. I think Harper is brilliant. Smart, smart man.

  21. auds says – reply to this


    It's because he doesn't support gay marriage. He's said this from the day he started campaigning for presidency AND said it during the presidential debates. He's a joke & we need someone in the office that actually treats the presidency as a job and NOT as an extended vacation.

  22. 22

    Re: pie107 – What if you were refused the right to marry due to your ethnicity? Or maybe religion. Even if you weren't dating someone, you'd be pissed off. I hate it when people say "be happy with what you have" if everyone thought like you, we might still have slaves, women would still not be recognized as people, religion/Church and state would not be separate (well you still have problems with that in the US, clearly since you guys are still not allowing gay marriage…but well in Canada we're more progressive), etc. Everyone should be equal you tool, if you don't like it, move in a country where you don't have rights yourself, until then, stop bashing other people who want the rights you have, hypocrite.

  23. 23

    You know what, the Gay community has to be the most ungrateful community out there. I thought maybe it was the Black community wanting more, more, more, but will we ever be satisfied? I mean, DAMN! Come on at least this President is recognizing us…..YES US! I am a Black, Gay man who at times feel ashamed at the lack of acknowledgment this President gets from the things he has done. How many Presidents can you find that have done what Pres. Obama has done for our community.